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NSTA Web Seminar:

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Discussion 3

This web seminar took place on May 15, 2013, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Page Keeley, author of the NSTA Press book Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science. In this program Ms. Keeley discussed strategies for teaching the challenging biological concepts featured in the MITx open online course 7.00x: Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


In this seminar Ms. Keeley gave on overview of formative assessment and talked about ways that teachers can use it to address students’ misconceptions about science concepts. After trying out a brief formative assessment with participants, Ms. Keeley talked about instructional strategies from Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science and described how participants of the MIT course can translate that content to the classroom.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I am excited about the new probes being developed and hearing how other teachers use the probes in their classrooms.”
  • “Loved it! Already have a lot of the books mentioned, was great to see how better to use them.”
  • “Terrific connections to MOOC Biology course and methods to enhance teaching practice.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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